Pine Rivers HMCCQ

Mostly Ariel Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS PINE RIVERS - Story and pho­tos Gaven Dall’Osto Ariels and oth­ers

16 Novem­ber, 2014 – Pine Rivers, QLD

HMCCQ Pine Rivers re­cently had their an­nual ‘Mostly’ Ariel Rally. I say ‘mostly’ as other makes are very wel­come which is a nice touch. Fine weather pre­vailed as we all gath­ered at the North Pine Coun­try Mar­kets. 11 Ariels gath­ered with 28 bikes of other makes. The rally saw us all trans­verse the hills via Scout’s Road, Narangba , through ‘The Farm’, Ros­berg up Camp­bell’s Pocket Road over Mt Mee and for a re­group at Day­boro. Leav­ing Day­boro it was the Cob­ble Creek cir­cuit then through to Sam­ford around the back­blocks to the smoko point at Un­dambi Ro­tary Re­serve on Mt. O’Reilly Road. Ariel stal­wart Barry Deeth sac­ri­ficed a ride to do smoko duty with his wife Ida. No one left hun­gry be­lieve me. Rep­re­sent­ing the fam­ily on Barry’s square four was son John and his wife. The rally then pro­ceeded back to the North Pine Coun­try Mar­kets.

I se­lected a pair of in­ter­est­ing bikes for fur­ther study on the day. Th­ese be­longed to the late Jack Han­non who was a mo­tor­cy­cle dealer and racer from Stan­thorpe many years ago. The bikes were re­cently ac­quired by HMCCQ mem­bers and road reg­is­tered. One was a road bike of his the other is one that Jack raced. The race bike started life as a 1938 Ariel VH500 Red Hunter, still had his race num­ber (60) and still car­ried many of the orig­i­nal race parts. New owner Sherri Woods from the Ip­swich area has changed as lit­tle as pos­si­ble for road use. The en­gine was de­tuned to run on pump fuel, new tyres, a horn, head­light, mir­ror and tail light were added for road com­pli­ance. It still has its Nor­ton gear­box and many cus­tom light­weight bits. Any­thing that could have been made from alu­minium and drilled full of holes, was. This in­cluded the al­la­lu­minium ex­haust sys­tem which

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